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What Is a Possession Arrest?


A most popular saying goes that possession is nine-tenths of the law. Thus, possession of illegal drugs is considered to just as severe an offense as doing illegal drugs. When a person is caught to be in possession of illegal drugs or materials, he or she may be subject to a possession arrest.


A possession arrest may be done as long as a law enforcement officer witnesses that a person or party is holding or is in general possession of illegal materials. A possession arrest may also be conducted on the basis of suspicion. Once a person undergoes a possession arrest, he or she is booked in a detention or holding facility. The person’s identification information will be taken down, which includes the person’s name, address, age, date of birth, and other pertinent information. Once all the information has been taken down, he or she will be photographed and his or her fingerprints will be marked and recorded. It is also possible that the person undergo a search by a law enforcement officer in order to determine if he or she has evidence on him or her.


It is possible that people can post bail after a possession arrest. This is determined by a judge who can provide a ruling for bail, and set the amount based on judicial discretion. Once a person has been charged and undergone a possession arrest, he or she must face the accusations in a court of law and submit a plea of guilty or not guilty.

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